Monday, January 21, 2013

Bored with Teen Books? Try These!

If you normally stick with the teen shelves at the library, you might be surprised to learn that a lot of teens have favorite books from the adult or children's sections, too. Here are some that teens tell me they've loved, and that I might've snuck as a teen, myself:
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Yeah, teens usually say they're checking them out for a little brother or sister, but, busted! They're fun for any age. All the illustrations make them a really fast read, and a new book or movie seems to come out every couple of months, so you won't be bored.
  • Jurassic Park (remember that movie about the dinosaur theme park that seemed like such a great idea, until they started eating people?) is a great mix of action, suspense, and science. And as a friend of mine put it, "Everything I know about chaos theory, I learned from Jurassic Park." Michael Crichton wrote some other books that are still popular, too, like The Andromeda Strain
  • The Harry Potter series. As Harry and his friends became teenagers, the books kept up with them. After the third book, the storylines about dating and dark themes mean that they're more like teen books than the children's books they started out as.
  • Flowers in the Attic is one of those books that almost everyone reads, but not everyone admits to. The author has posthumously published some popular teen vampire books, too. Creepy, huh?
  • The Lord of the Rings. (Start with The Fellowship of the Ring.) Yeah, The Hobbit is more of a kid's book, but there's a lot more going on in the trilogy than you'd realize from the movies. It's a great series to get lost in.
  • The Artemis Fowl series. Heck, a lot of adults like this fast-paced fantasy series, too! 
  • Anything by Stephen King. A lot of precocious kids (raises hand, yep, that was me) start reading these way before they'd be allowed to see movies based on them. Although they're not really intended for teens, they're pretty clean compared to a lot of horror books, and they're so addictive, you'll have read all of them (sci-fi, nonfiction, and fantasy too) before you know it.
What are your favorite books found in other sections of the library? Let us know in the comments!

Happy reading,

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